The Paddy O’Rourke Honours Scholarship fis now open to students planning to undertake Honours in the field of prostate cancer research in 2019.  The student will receive a scholarship stipend of $5000 and will be supported to attend a national meeting to present their research or provided with a stipend to write up their research for publication (up to $1500).

Applications for the 2019 Scholarship round are now open and close Fri Feb 22 2019.  Students need to be supervised by an active member of the Centre to be eligible.
Interested students should contact the Centre at for more information on the application process.

A limited number of other Honours Scholarships are also available for students wanting to undertake research in the area of men’s health. Please contact the Centre for more information.

Who was Paddy?

Daniel “Paddy” O’Rourke was a wonderful man and a passionate consumer advocate for the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health prostate cancer research program who sadly passed away in April 2015 from prostate cancer.  He was only 56 years old.   The Scholarship honours Paddy and his contribution to research through supporting young scientists working towards better treatment and support for men with prostate cancer, and their families.

Paddy O’Rourke featured in a video (pictured above) prepared for the FFCMH where he openly talks about living with metastatic prostate cancer. Go to:

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Pictured above from left to right: Vic Rowe, John Rand (FAMAS volunteer), Ronda, Peggy Rowe (FAMAS volunteer), Professor Pascale Quester (Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Academic)). Insert: Bill Shaw and Daina Shaw (FAMAS Volunteer)

At a ceremony held by the External Relations Branch of the University of Adelaide on International Volunteer day 5 December 2018, our Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS) volunteers, Mrs Peggy RoweMrs Daina Shaw and Mr John Rand were awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Community Volunteer Group of the Year award.  The award was presented by Professor Pascale Quester (Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Academic))

For almost 10 years, Peggy, Daina and John have each committed a day out of their week, for most weeks, to support the operation of FAMAS. They have tirelessly applied their professional skills and knowledge, their organisational abilities, their passion for research, and their happy, positive and uplifting demeanours to support this important research in the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health at the University of Adelaide. With the University’s 120 year anniversary celebrations of Sir Howard Florey, the award is particularly fitting for a group who have dedicated so much of their time to a research study that is named after Sir Florey and which was originally funded by the Florey Foundation.

Longitudinal population ageing studies, where subjects are asked to participate at regular intervals over time, remotely and/or by attending research clinics for investigations, are notoriously difficult to undertake successfully in the long term, yet generate powerful data for exploration. Such studies are extremely labour intensive and rarely have sustained funding necessary to maintain them over time. They require constant administrative oversight to maintain participation rates, thereby ensuring the scientific value of the cohort remains of the highest quality. Peggy, John and Daina have facilitated strong engagement with participants through newsletters, birthday cards, and timely follow-up on queries and change in participant status. They proof read community materials and grants, assist with survey mail outs, data entry, processing linkage data, transcribing, filing, refiling and re-re-filing. They happily tackle apparently never-ending tasks, role modelling perseverance for our students and young scientists and provide them with encouragement and advice. Their partners Vic, Ronda, and Bill encourage and support them in their work, and they were also acknowledged in the award ceremony.

FAMAS is one of the longest running and most comprehensive longitudinal male aging studies that has advanced our understanding of risk factors for, and early warning signs of, diabetes and poor heart and metabolic health, reproductive health, mental health and cognition, sleep and musculoskeletal health, and men’s use of health services. As the cohort ages, we will uncover more information about healthy ageing to refine and develop new prevention, screening and treatment strategies. The FAMAS program has led to nearly 100 contributions to the published scientific literature and informed policy, guidelines and practice relating to men’s health. The FAMAS multidisciplinary program has also led to a number of new research initiatives, including large scale clinical trials, national and international collaborations and health services projects that generate considerable research income and recognition for the University of Adelaide as a leader in men’s health research, as well as being the vehicle for the training of students and future research leaders.

Without their selfless efforts the cohort would not have been maintained and much of the other research being undertaken would not have eventuated. Beside the help they provide to our group, all three are also extremely active in their communites and undertake a considerable range of charitable work. Head of FAMAS Professor Wittert commented that their legacy is the advancement of science – they are the bearers of the “torch of Florey”.

The Centre would also like to acknowledge and thank Mr Sonnay Uy who has generously volunteered for the Centre since 2017 and all our community and student volunteers and consumers.


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The Centre congratulates Dr Phillip Tully (Post-doctoral NHMRC Research Fellow – Psychology), who has been awarded major funding to continue his important research and initiatives in the area of mental health. Phil has been awarded

  • a Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Fellowship for his cardiology and depression program “Optimising care and enhancing outcomes for comorbid depression and coronary heart disease with collaborative care”
  • a project grant from the NNHMRC with Dr Ruth Peters from the University of New South Wales to examine “Life-course blood pressure and cognition”.
  • and a Rebecca L Cooper Research Foundation project grant for  his research  “Exploiting blood pressure variability as a modifiable risk factor for the vascular depression phenotype: a proof of concept study ”.

Phil (pictured left) was also recently awarded the best poster at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry’s Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and the Asian Society Against Dementia Conference 2018, for his research in collaboration with the University of Bordeaux examining whether antihypertensive drugs have a differential effect on cognitive function in carriers and non-carriers of the APOE4 polymorphism (genetic risk factor for dementia).

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The Centre congratulates Mr Mohammadreza (Reza) Ghodski on being awarded a Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health PhD Scholarship top-up award.  The top-up supplements Reza’s Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. Reza has a Master of Science degree in clinical biochemistry from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran.  His Masters thesis was “Designing of […]

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November newsletter 2018d

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Only a limited number of summer vacation research scholarships were on offer for the 2018-19 round, The Centre congratulates and welcomes the following successful applicants. Ms Ser Yee Ang (BPsychSc 2nd Year, The University of Adelaide) Project: Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in depression and anxiety Supervisor: Dr Phillip Tully Ms Suraiya Onnesha (BSci Biotech, 3rd […]

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In November, the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health hosted an invited session at the 2018 National Men’s Health Gathering meeting in Parramatta on “The nexus between masculinity and health – changing the discourse”. The session was led by Professor Gary Wittert, and facilitated by Professor Deborah Turnbull from the Centre. We were honoured to have as […]

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Men and family/friends who are wanting to seek more information about prostate cancer treatment and supportive care services available to them are invited to a free education evening. The event is hosted by the South Australian Prostate Cancer Clinical Outcomes Collaborative (SA-PCCOC) and co-sponsored by the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health. Bookings are at: […]

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Centre researchers Dr Luke Selth, Head of the prostate cancer research program in the Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories  and A/Prof Lisa Butler, Head of the prostate cancer research program at SAHMRI, have been profiled as health (research) leaders from the University to honour the 120 year anniversary of Sir Howard Florey.  See Adelaide […]

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We welcome Mrs Casey Peters (left) and Dr Kristy Giles who have joined the Centre recently. Casey was appointed to the position of Research Support Administration Officer for the Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories. Casey is a Flinders University Science Honours graduate, and brings relevant experience working in large and successful  research teams, being the […]

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